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Robbmeister X -
Subject: It Conquered The World Mark II
This pacy, apparently made for TV revamp of It Conquered The World doesn't just remake but shamelessly rips off Roger Corman's original, right down to most of its dialogue and its mise-en-scene. The Corman film was an unusually thoughful and subtle affair in spite of its well-designed (on paper) but still silly monster, sidetracking the usual period 'red menace' paranoia in favour of a humanist denial of the concept of collectivism, which seems to posit the monster as a kind of Venusian Karl Marx. I've actually seen a flag-waving Christian reviewer online give the film a low rating, on account of their sympathies with collectivism as they've misinterpreted it from the Bible, so there's something there that can still touch a chord. Symbolically, Beluah maybe comes from Venus because it's identified with love.
In any case, Corman's film is still at heart camp and this is much camper. It may lack finesse, but what it lacks in the original's relatively serious intent and suprisingly good acting it makes up for in hammy silliness. The original's seven-foot tall, clawed red pepper monster was a striking creature design that looked inept on execution. Zontar's design is more generic, but at least he is able to move, whereas Beluah can only move its arms in two directions and has the mobility of a shopping cart. Plus, Beluah gives birth to bats, but Zontar fires off flying lobsters. Put your feet up, have a coffee, relax and enjoy.
PS - I've never understood how easily the town flies into a stampeding panic in either version, after a radio announcement about the cutting off of their water supply.
Subject: @ Robmiester
I am a Christian, although I am not waving a flag... lol! But I agree with your review of this movie.
I have also read reviews of the original "The Haunting" that say the house trying to trap Eleanor is a representation of woman being trapped by 1950's ideals of womanhood... being tied to the home and no matter what the woman would rather do, the house is going to get her in the end.
You bring up interesting points about this movie... it is silliness and fun. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Subject: Zontar the thingy
These movies thrilled me as a kid. The restoration was very good. John Agar has a good sense of humor, besides its sunday and this is the best thing going on tv right now!
Tim Crow -
Subject: Watch the original!
This is an almost word-for-word remake of the 1956 classic "It Conquered the World," a much better movie, primarily due to having Lee Van Cleef and Peter Graves in the main roles.
More on it here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049370/
Subject: ZONTAR RESTORED
Beautiful restoration on ZONTAR. I bounced it to DVD and sent my other versions to the dumpster. I kept my Sci-Fi 50 pack as an original reference. Watched this as a teen in 1968 on Chiller Theatre on a old B&W TV with rabit ears. Great job! Looking forward to your next restore. Terrible movie, but the restore made it mucho watchable! Many thanks
Subject: Restored Zontar-- who ever expected to see those two words together?
Thanks to both of you, this is great! All we need now is "Zontar--the Director's Cut" and life will be complete ;-)
I'm the computard that uploaded the video this is based on, and I just want to say thanks for fixing what I couldn't.